I finally have a garden!
This year, as a first mother’s day/birthday gift I got a garden. My dad and my husband built the raised bed and my mom helped me plant. I was so excited to find out that this was my gift because I really didn’t know how or when I would get a chance to do it!
I have lettuce, beans, broccoli, eggplant, spinach, carrots, tomatoes and peppers growing in my brand new raised bed.
Unfortunately the spinach didn’t grow very well and there was some sort of bug eating my eggplant plant but for the most part it’s doing well.
I also have a bunch of containers with parsley, basil, rosemary, and tomatoes in them.
As for the bug problem I found a natural DIY pest control recipe here and it has seemed to do the trick. Check the link for the exact recipe but it’s basically a whole lot of garlic, chili peppers (I used powder) soap, oil and water. You spray the plants and it both kills the bugs and deters them from returning. The only problem is that it kills most bugs, even the good ones, so you have to be careful with it.
Now that’s I’ve gotten rid of the nuisance bug (I think it was aphids?) I want to stop them from coming back (or at all next year) so I read up on ways to do that. One source mentioned buying ladybugs and other beneficial insects and depositing them into your garden. I thought this was a good idea but, being frugal, I didn’t think it made sense to spend the money.
Then I found there are quite a few plants that attract the good insects. This made much more sense to me so I’m hoping to integrate a few of these into my garden soon.
- Butterfly weed
- Dandelion (don’t even need to buy these!)
- Wild carrot
I have already had some lettuce and basil from my garden. They taste even better knowing I grew them myself!